The new prime minister is the country’s first from the majority ethnic group, but Ethiopia’s real problems are embedded in its legislative structure.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has filed suit against Russia, among other actors, for hacking and leaking DNC communications in an effort to influence the 2016 election. Are Russia and its officials entitled to foreign sovereign immunity?
Last week, Sens. Bob Corker and Tim Kaine introduced a proposal to reshape the legal authorization for U.S. counterterrorism operations abroad. On Thursday, Susan Hennessey sat down with Bobby Chesney, co-founder of Lawfare and professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and Scott Anderson, Lawfare senior editor and former State Department lawyer, to talk about the proposal. They discussed the current status of the authorization for use of force, what the new proposal says, and it’s prospects in this Congress.
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The CIA released a declassified December 2011 memo by Michael Morell, then the deputy director, about Gina Haspel’s involvement in the destruction of detainee interrogation tapes in 2005. President Trump has nominated Haspel, the current deputy director, to serve as CIA director.
Jim Comey has a few words to say. Nikki Haley is not confused about anything. And Mike Pompeo makes a surprise trip to North Korea.
Israel just carried out another strike on an Iranian military facility in Syria. Iran is likely preparing a response.
On Friday, the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and associated persons, and WikiLeaks, alleging an illegal conspiracy to influence the outcome of the election.
Despite what Ted Cruz suggested to Mark Zuckerberg during last week’s Facebook hearings, there is no requirement that a platform remain neutral in order to maintain Section 230 immunity.
Today’s post is shorter than usual. Our normal Headlines and Commentary coverage will return Monday.
Does Congress still have war powers?
Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the transfer of John Doe, an American citizen held in U.S. military custody in Iraq, to Saudi custody.
Earlier today, the Justice Department provided copies of ex-FBI Director James Comey's memos of his conversations with President Trump to the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee, the majority leaders of which had threatened to subpoena of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and hold him in contempt if he did not provide the memos. The memos have since become public. The transmission letter, as well as the declassified memos, are available below.
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A review of Bandy X. Lee’s “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” (Thomas Dunne, 2017).
The new draft AUMF promotes greater transparency and congressional involvement in deciding on the scope of U.S. counterterrorism operations, but it primarily serves to give Congress political leverage. As a legal matter, it leaves the president firmly in control.
Earlier this week, two eminent scholars contended that there were no legal grounds for strikes on Syria. Here’s another view.
On Thursday, Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed al-Qahtani will argue that he is entitled to a medical examination to determine his eligibility for repatriation before the D.C. District Court.
Well, we’re back again this week. Why? 2018, that’s why!
Seriously, lot’s to discuss: